How to Make Edibles Without Butter
If you’ve ever made your own edibles, there’s a good chance you made your own cannabutter. And while cannabutter is a beloved, classic edibles staple, and simple to make even with just a small amount of flower (or concentrate) and butter using Ardent’s FX or Nova, there are many reasons that you might be tired of this and just want to try some cannabutter alternatives.
Whether you want to know how to make edibles without butter because you are seeking something plant-based, trying to avoid saturated fats, or just looking for a faster way to prepare your cannabis therapies, we got you covered.
Check out the 5 key cannabutter alternatives below and try something new today:
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Here’s How to Make Edibles Without Butter
1. Instant Edibles (Easiest Way to Make Edibles Without Cannabutter)
The simplest way to make edibles without cannabutter hands down! Instead of making a butter or oil, use the decarboxylated flower right in your edibles or other products after activation.
There’s a misconception that you MUST extract into an oil, butter or alcohol to make an edible. Simply not true! Once you complete the decarb cycle on either FX or Nova, the cannabinoids (THC, CBD, CBG, etc.) are active right on the plant and ready to be consumed. Just break or grind it up and mix it into your batter, sprinkle it on your finished meal, or pop it into some capsules.
Be careful -very little goes a long way, and those new to edibles should start slow while testing tolerance and determining their ideal dose. For example a 20% THC flower has 200mg of THC in each gram of flower, so you would only need 1/10th of that gram (0.1 gm of flower) to get a 20mg dose!
If you’re cooking with weed and you’re not feeling the effects of your edibles, make sure you eat your decarbed material in a meal with a high-fat content, or mix in a little lecithin or oil (you can just add the oil, no need to infuse into it) to help boost absorption.
2. Kief Butter/Oil (Closest Cannabutter Alternatives)
If you want to know how to make edibles without cannabutter but want to use a different form of butter in your marijuana recipes, kief butter or kief oil is a great alternative to traditional cannabutter. Kief is the sticky bits of resin you see on buds. Making kief butter is quicker and simpler than its cannabis-infused counterpart and when cooked, it doesn’t impart the flavor of cannabis like using the whole flower.
You don’t have to worry about warming it for more than a few minutes and you don’t need to stain the plant matter, making this option faster than making your traditional cannabutter. The major difference in the finished product is the fact that kief has a very high concentration of cannabinoids so you can easily make a very potent cannabutter or oil.
3. Cannabis Coconut Oil
Cannabis coconut oil is a very popular cannabutter substitute. It has a high amount of saturated fat, making it great for extraction, but more versatile than butter, working perfectly in edibles, topicals and even suppositories. Plant-based, infused coconut oil is a great choice for people on vegan, paleo, or keto diets.
Making cannabis coconut oil is simple and cannabis extraction with coconut oil gives a high infusion rate. After the decarb step, mix the coconut oil and decarbed flower and place back into the machine for a second cycle, letting it extract for at least 45 minutes. Here’s a guide if you would like to know more about infusing decarbed weed into oil.
In addition to coconut oil, a wide variety of oils make great alternatives for cannabutter. Avocado, canola, olive, and even walnut oil – the possibilities are almost endless. Any oil with a high fat content will do well in extracting the activated THC, CBD or other cannabinoids after decarboxylation. This gives you a lot of choice in selecting an oil that pairs best in flavor. For example, the mild taste of MCT oil means that MCT and other mild oils can be easily switched out for butter in most baked goods. Olive oil is another popular choice, but it is best suited for cooking savory dishes.
Tinctures are a great, no-mess way to infuse weed into your edibles. Many people have learned how to use cannabis in this way and like using tinctures in recipes over cannabutter or cannaoil because there is no added fat and alcohol tinctures preserve munch longer than butter or oil, which can go rancid.
- Decarb your bud and place it in a jar with a high-proof alcohol like Everclear
- Let the mixture sit for 1-3 hours, shaking intermittently
- Once the alcohol is infused, strain out the bud, and it’s ready to use!
Do not eat the alcohol tincture straight if you are using Everclear, as it is a very strong alcohol. Many people add vegetable glycerin to their tinctures, but be aware that while vegetable glycerin is great to mix with alcohol tinctures, you can’t use it as the base solvent to extract the THC and CBD.
Recently, the term ‘tincture” has also been expanded to include MCT oil infusions, as MCT is a flavorless liquid that is easy to ingest orally alone and does not have the burning associated with alcohol tinctures. If you would like to make an MCT tincture, refer to #4 above.
If you’re over the mess of traditional methods or can’t enjoy butter, you can still create amazing infusions, treats and other products with these easy alternatives. And whether you’re an instant edibles type of person, or would rather extract and infuse your way to health and happiness, FX and Nova will help you get there, hassle-free.
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Weed Brownies Recipe- How to Make Pot Brownies?
Weed Brownies Recipe- How to Make Pot Brownies?
What would you rather pick – sinful binging on munchies after toking that big fat doobie or giving those edible their sweet-ass time to kick-in? Well, I’ll be happily shelling my pounds on edibles. (yeah, let them soak in)
Brownies are love for anyone who’s got a sweet tooth or likes the taste of cocoa, but weed brownies are my kinda jam (I’m being the voice of all the stoners out there)
The brownie with ‘stuff’ needs no introduction and, I’m here with a recipe on how to make pot brownies. The world is going through a lot these days (COVID-19 duh!) and baking is something which makes me happy.
So, how about wake and bake some weed brownies today? Sounds good, yeah?
How much weed do you need for brownies?
Well, if you don’t live nearby a dispensary or have no access to edibles, I would recommend making them from scratch because then you are the one who’s controlling the amount of pot that goes into the recipe.
Now, this isn’t some fruit and, doesn’t follow the law – the more, the merrier. Hence, the exact quantity matters. If you’re a beginner, 3mg of THC is more than enough for you to feel relaxed or creative, depending upon the strain that you choose.
If you’ve got readymade cannabutter can, you can follow the quantities mentioned on the pack. But, I am not a fan of canned things. I like to make one of my own. Check out my recipe of highly potent cannabutter.
Here’s how to measure the right quantity of weed for your brownies:
I had used 10 grams of Pennywise strain and 1 cup (128 grams approx.) of butter to make cannabutter. Now, Pennywise is one of the best strains to go with if you are a beginner. It contains equal amounts of CBD and THC, 7-8% approx.
If 1 gram of Pennywise contains 8% of THC, 10 grams would have 0.8 grams or 800mg of THC. So, 800mg of THC in 128 grams of butter. Here we are taking 1/4 cup of cannabutter (with ¾ cup of normal butter) to bake 9×12 inches of brownie. Which means our brwnie will have 200mg of THC. And, if you divide your huge brownie into 20 pieces, each piece will have 10 mg of THC and an equal amount of CBD.
Here’s the deal – if you are a beginner, further divide your brownies into halves such that each piece carries 5 mg of THC. Or you can make cannabutter using a strain with very less THC content, maybe, Charlotte’s Web, Harlequin, or Ringo’s Gift.
I repeat, do not take more than 15 milligrams of THC through an edible (even if you’ve got some Marley tolerance in you) because it will ruin cannabis and its experience for you.
Preparation before baking
If you’ve been following my recipes for a while, you would be aware of the cannabutter that I made. It mentions everything that you need to follow or prepare before-hand such as decarboxylating your weed and getting the most out of its potency.
The recipe that we are making today will give you a 9×12 inches potent brownie. While it would come out to be utterly delicious, do not eat more than one piece a day. I repeat, do not!
Also, if this is your first experience with edibles, let me tell you, wait for about one and a half hours for the high to kick in. It doesn’t happen within a snap. It depends on your metabolism and the rate at which your body digests the food. As soon as the brownies reach your gut and get churned, the effects would slowly take over.
I don’t mean to scare you or something but, adverse effects of ingesting too much THC include vomiting, sedation, motor impairment, agitation, anxiety, and even cardiac arrest.
Making weed brownies: The Recipe
Serving: 9×12 inch pan
Pot Brownie: Ingredients
- 4 large eggs
- 1/2 cup of Cannabutter and 3/4 cup of normal butter
- 2 cup of sugar
- 1 ½ cup of all-purpose flour
- 3 tbsp cocoa powder
- 1 tsp baking powder
- ½ tsp salt
- 1 cup chopped pecans
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
- Chocolate Icing (recipe below)
Pot Brownies: Directions
- Preheat your microwave to 340-350˚ F. Grease your cake pan with cannabutter and leave aside.
- Take all the eggs in a bowl and beat them slowly yet consistently. You can even use an electric mixer with paddle attachment for the same.
- Start adding the cannabutter sticks in batches along with powdered sugar, beating the mixture for about good 15 minutes.
- Take another bowl and add flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt to it. Mix it well to break down all the lumps or granules that maybe present.
- Add the egg mixture to this bowl while gradually beating. Thrown in the pecans and vanilla as well.
- Tadaa! Your brownie batter is ready. Pour this into your greased pan. Tap a little to remove excess air bubbles.
- Shove this into the microwave and bake until the edges start leaving sides. You can even poke in a toothpick to check if it’s completely cooked.
- Take it out from the pan and let it cool down completely. Spread the icing and cut into 36 pieces of (3×4 inches)
How to make the chocolate icing for pot brownies?
In the same bowl of electric mixer, beat an egg with 1 cup sugar on low speed. Add half a cup of sugar and cocoa into the mixture while still beating it. Add one more cup of sugar, 2 tsp of cocoa powder, 1 tsp of vanilla extract, and 2 tbsp of melted butter.
And, your icing is ready! Spread it over your brownie for a perfect Sunday treat. To make it even tastier, add strawberries, blackberries, or even choco chips to it. There are absolutely no limitations to that.
I would recommend you guys to have just half of the piece and share the other half with your homie (this way you won’t be going overboard ;))
Have questions to ask or suggestion to give? Hit me up in the comment section below and, I would love to answer you all. Till then, have a great day peeps.
Pot brownies or weed-infused brownies are loved by stoners worldwide. But, how much weed goes into it and, how do you make it? Get the complete pot brownie recipe here.